Rabbi's On This Day: Sunday, 6/16/13
Posted 6/16/2013 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, June 16, 2013


  • Roberto Duran (Boxer) (62)
  • Laurie Metcalf (Emmy Award-winning actress, Roseanne's TV sister Jackie) (58)
  • Joan Van Ark (actress, starred in Dallas and Knots Landing) (70)
  • Joyce Carol Oates (author) (75)
  • Lamont Dozier (member of famous songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland) (72)
  • Eddie Levert (member of The O'Jays) (71)
  • Eileen Atkins (British actress) (79)
  • Gino Vannelli (singer and songwriter) (61)
  • Diana DeGarmo (American Idol runner-up) (26)
  • Phil Mickelson (Golfer) (43)
  • John Cho (actor, Star Trek, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, American Pie movies) (41)
  • Eddie Cibrian (actor, Sunset Beach, CSI: Miami, Third Watch, husband of LeeAnn Rimes) (40)
  • Abby Elliot (actress/comedienne, Saturday Night Live) (26)
  • John Cho (actor, the American Pie films, the Harold & Kumar films, "Sulu" in the new Star Trek, Flash Forward, Star Trek Into Darkness) (41)
  • Diana DeGarmo (American Idol runner-up) (26)
  • Laurie Metcalf (actress, Roseanne's Jackie, JFK, Georgia Rule) (58)
  • Arnold Vosloo (actor, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Blood Diamond) (51)
  • Roberto "No Mas" Duran (boxer) (62)
  • Joan Van Ark (actress, starred in Dallas and Knots Landing) (70)
  • Joyce Carol Oates (author) (75)


  • 1816 After an evening of ghost stories, Mary Shelley has a nightmare that gives her the inspiration for Frankenstein.
  • 1829 Native American leader Geronimo is born. He dies in 1909.
  • 1858 In a speech, Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declaring, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
  • 1858, Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln gave a speech inSpringfield,Illinois calling for an end to the fight over slavery. He says the slavery issue has to be resolved by famously stating, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
  • 1884, The first roller coaster opens at Coney Island inBrooklyn,New York.
  • 1890 Stan Laurel (of Laurel & Hardy fame; he's the skinny one) is born. He dies in 1965.
  • 1893, Cracker Jacks are invented by R.W. Rueckheim.
  • 1897, the government signed a treaty of annexation withHawaii.
  • 1903, The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.
  • 1907 Actor Jack Albertson (Chico & The Man's Ed, a.k.a "The Man") is born. He dies in 1981.
  • 1937 Novelist/screenwriter Erich Segal (Love Story) is born. He dies in 2010.
  • 1949, Raging Bull Jake La Motta captured the middleweight boxing championship with a win over Marcel Cerdan.
  • 1959 Actor George Reeves (he played Superman on TV and Brent Tarleton in Gone With The Wind) is found dead of a gunshot wound at age 45. It's ruled a suicide, although some people still question the ruling.
  • 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose "She Loves You."
  • 1967, The Monterey International Pop Festival kicks off. Over the course of the three-day event, over 50,000 people see acts including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, the Mamas & the Papas, Booker T. & the MG's, and Otis Redding.
  • 1971 Rapper Tupac Shakur is born. He dies in 1996 after being shot.
  • 1972, actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner married for the second time.
  • 1978 The movie Grease, starring Olive Newton-John and John Travolta, opens nationwide.
  • 1979 "I Was Made For Lovin' You" by Kiss peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.
  • 1979, "The Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
  • 1982, Pretenders lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott dies of a cocaine overdose at age 29.
  • 1984 Love At First Sting by the Scorpions peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
  • 1987, Bernhard Goetz was acquitted of attempted murder in the New York City subway shooting of four young black men he said were going to rob him. He was eventually convicted of illegal weapons possession.
  • 1992 A British court bans an anti-nuclear rally in northern England at which U2 was scheduled to play.
  • 1992 Faith No More releases its fourth album, Angel Dust.
  • 1995 Pearl Jam begins a tour without using Ticketmaster. The band, who had accused the ticket giant of monopolizing the concert ticket industry, decides to use a mail-order ticket service instead.
  • 1996, on this Father's Day, just after the Chicago Bulls beat the Seattle Supersonics to win the NBA championship, Michael Jordan sank to the court's floor and burst into tears, a release of the grief he felt for the loss of his father, who had been murdered in a random roadside attack three years before.
  • 1996, Russians held their first independent presidential election. President Boris Yeltsin won after surviving a run-off.
  • 1996, Van Halen parts company with Sammy Hagar.
  • 1997 Limp Bizkit releases its debut album, Three Dollar Bill, Y'All.
  • 1998, Massachusetts' highest court cleared the way for Louise Woodward to return home to England, upholding a judge's ruling that freed the au pair convicted of killing a baby.
  • 1998, The Detroit Red Wings took home the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year after completing a sweep of the Washington Capitals with a 4-to-1 victory in game four.
  • 1999, Kathleen Ann Soliah, a fugitive member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, was captured in St. Paul, Minn., where she was living as Sara Jane Olson.
  • 1999, Thabo Mbeki took the oath as president ofSouth Africa, succeeding Nelson Mandela.
  • 1999, Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • 2000, Federal regulators approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corporation, creating the nation's largest local phone company.
  • 2001 During a birthday party at the home of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee for his son, four-year-old Daniel Karven Veres drowns in Lee's swimming pool. The boy's parents later sue Lee and his estranged wife, actress Pamela Anderson, but ultimately lose the case.
  • 2004 Courtney Love postpones her firstU.S. solo tour due to her continuing legal problems.
  • 2004 Rolling Stone reveals that Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone is in aLos Angeles hospital battling cancer. Ramone dies three months later.
  • 2004 The Velvet Revolver TV special (Inside) Out: The Rise Of Velvet Revolver premieres on VH1, while the band's debut album, Contraband, debuts on the Billboard Top 200 album chart at Number One.
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